Jewelry Box #1

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Project by ChrisHein posted 11-27-2012 07:17 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This my first ever attempt at making anything remotely decent to give to someone.

Created and finished for Valentines Day 2012

(1/4”) Curly Honduras Mahogany (Lid, Body)
(3/4”) African Mahogany (Bottom)
Clasp and Hinges off a cheap store box
Premium Black Velvet

The entire box was made using miter joints and glue with a solid piece mounted flat onto the bottom. The finish is about 4 coats of fast drying clear gloss poly with a red mahogany stain for the wood. The name was burned into the wood with a wood burning pen. Velvet was glued to the bottom with wood glue and side velvet was made of a single folded piece of velvet and attached with wood glue.

Used the technique of wetting the wood before staining to make the grain “pop” with beautiful results!

Cost: Around $100 and about 30 hours of work

Side thoughts..
The miter joints were extremely annoying to create without the proper tools as each were cut using a miter saw. The lid was very warped and had to be sanded flat (attempted) and didnt really quite make it flat.

Velvet is very messy and hard to work with! Dont cut, tear along seams…

Watch out for hidden glue spots that will block the stain and use thicker wood! 1/4” is way too thin!

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 08:21 PM

Still looks nice. Always better when you learn from it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 08:33 PM

Not bad at all for a first attempt , now you know what you don’t want to do on the next one. Keep building them.

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 09:04 PM

Astounding jewelry box. Please post your 2nd jewelry box soon :)

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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